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Mumbai man held for extortion bid on former Guj BJP minister

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

A 25-year-old man was today arrested for trying to extort money from former by posing as an associate of gangster Ravi Pujari, police said.

Ashishkumar Sharma, who told police that he was an assistant director in the film industry, was arrested from in a joint effort by the Morbi police, the Ahmedabad police's Crime Branch and police's Anti-Extortion Cell, said a senior

"On May 16, former Kavadia got a call from Sharma, who after identifying himself as gangster Ravi Pujari's henchman, demanded Rs 5 lakh from him," said Akshayraj Makwana, of Police, Morbi.

"After receiving a complaint from the former minister, was formed and, with the help of Ahmedabad and police, Sharma was nabbed within a few hours," Makwana said.

He said that investigations so far had revealed that Sharma had tried this modus operandi with five to six personalities from the Hindi film industry.

Sharma, the said, has stated that he called Kavadia because he was in dire need of money.

Kavadia was the Panchayat and Rural Development in the previous government. He had, however, not contested the 2017 Assembly polls.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 20:50 IST